Thanks for the input. It just seems like there are so many conflicting views that it's hard to know what's right. I know it varies with the individual. But I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row before I agree to braces and the surgery. (Of course, the decision may be made for me if my insurance won't cover it). As tmj wasn't even an issue when I was first told I needed the surgery, I'm inclined to agree with my doctors and go ahead with it. I'm assuming I've developed tmj symptoms based on the change in my bite since my wisdom teeth were removed. I was supposed to have the braces done right after, but couldn't afford it. So now, perhaps if it's related to a maxillofacial issue, it will be covered by insurance.
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